Nightmarine was written by Kaya in late 2017 and debuted live at Spectra Festival in Aberdeen in 2018. It was subsequently recorded pre-lockdown at Big Smoke Studios in London, produced by Kaya & Ryan John Griffiths. The track was mastered at Los Angeles studio: ‘The Bakery’ by Peter Hewitt-Dutton, who also mastered the last two releases.

Nightmarine is a somber yet hopeful tale about the darkest blues that grief brings after losing a parent. It is the lead track from a selection of songs written about the various stages of grief and the rite of passage it forces upon you. 

The title: ’Nightmarine’’ comes from a nightmarish experience and the colour: marine blue, signifying the blue feeling of being emotionally low but, in this case, a colour that is darker. The term marine is also a reference to Kaya’s father’s career as a marine biologist. 

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An alluring hybrid of driving rock and burlesque blues.” – Bido Lito 

The release features musicians with whom Kaya has performed & recorded over the past decade of Science of the Lamps including Luke Moore (Cello), Giles Steflox (Drums), Angus Parkin on guitar and
long term “Usherettes” (the name of Science of the Lamps’ backing vocalists); Fiona Currie, Emily Rose and Mica Bernard. Additional harmonies come from the ACM Electron Choir. Read more about Science of the Lamps here:

Single artwork

Nightmarine front cover

The music video and artwork

Beatriz Leonardo is a multimedia artist focusing on relief printmaking, illustration and animation. Her themes revolve around mythology and storytelling. She is interested in the symbiosis between analogue and digital formats, exploring the boundaries of story-telling. She creates physical objects and then transfers them into the digital realm, giving static images new life while maintaining the unique qualities that can only come through human interference.

Beatriz’s body of work references mythologies and histories from around the world and brings them together to show our collective humanity and relationship to the natural world.– Brooklyn Art Library

Nightmarine is the follow up to Kayamusic’s 2019 release STRAWS, which was released under the ‘Science of the Lamps moniker. The track was described as “incredibly catchy” by The music video for STRAWS was shot at: Spectra – Aberdeen’s Festival of Light in 2018. 

 “The Norwegian born artist strives to produce music that uplifts listeners, which with ‘STRAWS’ she has managed perfectly” – A&R Factory.

STRAWS video